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on the crisis in syria. president obama is expected to speak in a few minutes on syria. we will bring you his comments when those happen. meanwhile, within the past hour, secretary of state john kerry laid out the evidence the white house believes proves the assad regime was, in fact, behind the chemical attack that killed over 1,000 people, including 426 children. >> we know the syrian regime elements were told to prepare for the attack by putting on gas masks and taking precautions associated with chemical weapons. we know that these were specific instructions. we know where the rockets were launched from and at what time. we know where they landed and when. we know rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and went only to opposition-controlled or contested neighborhoods. >> kerry's statement came after a national security council meeting led by president obama at the white house a short time ago. the white house released the intelligence report on last week's chemical weapons attack using the report the white house hopes to make the case for military intervention at a time when publi
. thanks so much. >>> the news nation is also following president obama, who just wrapped up a town hall meeting at binghamton university in new york. now he heads to scranton, pennsylvania, the final stop of his two-day bus tour centered on his new proposals for cutting college costs. the president also remains focused on other issues, including the crisis in syria. here's what he told cnn in his first comments since an alleged chemical attack on wednesday. >> what we've seen indicates this is clearly a big event of grave concern. that starts getting to some core national interests that the united states has, both in terms of us making sure that weapons of mass destruction are not proliferating as well as needing to protect our allies, our bases in the region. this is something that is going to require america's attention and hopefully the entire international community's attention. >> in egypt today supporters of ousted president mohamed morsi took to the streets in defiance of orders by egyptian authorities to end their protest. meantime, in his interview with cnn, president obama als
supporters and thousands more were injured. >>> several hours ago president obama made his first public comments on that violence. >> the united states strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by egypt's interim government and security forces. we deplore violence against civilians. while we want to sustain relationships with egypt, our cooperation cannot be continued when violence continues. this morning we notified the egyptian government that we are canceling our biannual joint military exercise that was scheduled for next month. going forward, i've asked my national security team to assess the implications of the actions that have been taken by the interim government and further steps that we might take as necessary with respect to the u.s./egyptian relationship. >> nbc's ayman mohyeldin joins us from cairo. how volatile is the current situation right now? >> reporter: well, for the second straight night the curfew has gone into effect and you can probably see the streets behind me, a lot quieter than they usually are on a thursday night. it is the beginning of the weekend, e
. he was an activist. president obama is the president. presidents have to propose concrete steps that take us closer to the dream. and so i do think that the task that president obama has this afternoon is to combine those two roles. the historic moment and the opportunity to take concrete steps. >> absolutely. we hear the crowd reacting to oprah winfrey, a young girl growing up poor in the south to become one of the most powerful women in the world. let's listen in. >> i was 9 years old when the march was occurring. i asked my mama, can i go to the march? took me 50 years, but i'm here. on this date in this place at this time 50 years ago today, dr. martin luther king shared his dream for america with america. dr. king was the passionate voice that awakened the conscious of a nation and inspired people all over the world. the power of his words resonated because they were spoken out of an unwavering belief in freedom, injustice, equality, and opportunity for all. let freedom ring was dr. king's closing call for a better and more just america. so today people from all walks of li
developing news. russia reacting to president obama's tough message, no snowden, no meeting. in the past few hour, they called the president's decision not to meet with vladimir putin, quote, disappointing. the president made his decision official this morning in response to russia granting asylum to nsa leaker edward snowden. here's what the president said on "tonight show" with jay leno. >> i was disappointed because, you know, even though we don't have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally we have tried to respect if there's a lawmaker or an alleged lawbreaker in their country. they still help us on supplying our troops in afghanistan. they're still helping us on counterterrorism work. they were helpful after the boston bombing. but there have been times where they slipped back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality. >> joining me now, nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker. we heard rumblings this was happening. the president making it official this morning. a pretty tepid response from russia. any chance this might all be resolved before the
, but that could change at any moment. until then, president obama continues to craft an international coalition, today getting a big boost from the arab league, which blamed the attack on the syrian government and called for justice. the administration is also consulting with congressional lawmakers still currently in august recess. nbc's ayman mohyeldin joins us live now from cairo, where he covers that story for us. ayman, has there been any reaction from the region about the news of a possible attack as early as thursday? >> reporter: there has been a general reaction from the syrian government and certainly from its allies in the region, most notably iran, which has come out and said that any attack on the syrian government or syrian territory would result in a war across the region that would not end favorably for the united states or its allies. meanwhile here in cairo, the arab league today sending a strong note of condemnation against the syrian government, for whom they hold responsible for the chemical weapons attack. more importantly, we've heard from other countries that have expres
will join me live with her reaction. >>> plus, president obama joins the fight for pit bulls. why the white house says laws that ban breeds considered dangerous are, quote, a waste of resources. >>> but first, the "news nation" is following two developing stories in syria and egypt. first, stern new reaction from the white house following reports that in the past 24 hours, the syrian government has killed more than 1,000 people using chemical weapons. now, the attack centered on ten towns it and villages near damascus. we want to warn you the video that's come in has been very disturbing. anti-government forces say more than 1200 people have been killed, many of those reportedly children. the video provided by the rebels and not verified by nbc news shows people struggling to breathe as rescuers scramble to save lives. it also shows rows of bodies on the ground. the syrian government denies any chemical weapons were used. the white house says it is deeply concerned and trying to get more information. >> there actually happens to be a united nations chemical weapons investigative team on the
that the united states cannot and should not travel with them. they urge president obama to cut off aid. they go on to, in that statement, urge president obama to cut off aid. has the united states, have we lost our influence entirely in that part of the world, in egypt specifically? >> almost all of it. you know, i think that the obama administration must surely judge that there's some influence left or some sliver or some hope of having influence because they clearly want to keep this aid going. i'm a little surprised, i guess, at this point that they haven't at least talked more explicitly about suspending it or cutting some of it, but you know, that aid really doesn't buy what it used to. that number was set around 1980, and it's never been increased for inflation. so its value when you measure for inflation has really dropped. i forget the percentage. i think it might be about 50% of what it was worth originally. and more importantly, it's completely dwarfed by the, i believe, $10 billion to $12 billion being pumped into egypt right now by saudi arabia and the united emirates. those are the
of president obama. i'm curious about the comments made by secretary kerry and the reaction to people there regarding what we just played. >> reporter: well, the muslim brotherhood and supporters of the ousted president were very critical of those comments. they called it rhetoric and said the united states would not accept the u.s. pentagon to overthrow a democratically elected leader. they said the u.s.s is now complicit in the military coup against egypt. it really boils down to which side of the debate you ask. on the other hand, supporters of the military action here say that it is about time the united states gets on the side of democracy in egypt and not support islamic fundamentalists as they describe the muslim brotherhood. it really depends on who you ask. i can assure you, the united states is always on the losing side when you ask people here. both sides very displeased with the way the u.s. has positioned itself. >> all right. ayman mohyeldin live for us in cairo. thank you, ayman. >>> and a live look now at the markets reacting to today's jobs report. the unemployment ra
following developing news coming from the white house president obama will hold his first presidential news conference in more than three months. the president is going to face some tough questions, a wide range of issues, both foreign and domestic. for the first time, he's expected to answer questions on his decision to cancel the upcoming e ing bilateral summit russian president vladimir putin. on the home front, lingering issues such as the stalled efforts on immigration reform will be on the forefront as well as the future of the landmark piece of legislation on health care. again, under threat by top republican lawmakers. but right now the president is enjoying a victory. he's signing a bill designed to keep student loan rates low. this will be one of the president's last public appearances before he leaves for a week-long summer vacation with his family in martha's vineyard. joining me live is kelly o'donnell. there's a lot on the plate when the reporters get the opportunity to ask the president questions. but is it true that the president is going to come out with some type of his ow
's foreign minister pledged his helping hand to the egyptian military has president obama faces growing calls from members of congress to cut off billions of dollars of aid to egypt. >> if we threaten to cut off aid and not do it, you lose your credibility and influence. >> with the recent violent crack dou crackdown, i do not see how we can continue aid. >>> also, a court ordered that hosni mubarak, the former dictator deposed in the arab spring uprising, ordered he be released while awaiting trial. attorneys for mubarak said he could be free within days, though some say that's unlikely. the news came hours after mass gunmen attacked many buses carrying egyptian police officers, killing 25 of them execution style. mubarak's possible release adds a new volatile new element to the standoff which has resulted in hundreds of deaths on both sides. nbc's ayman mohyeldin is in koy cairo with more. set the tone for what you're seeing tonight. >> reporter: very dense dtense . a few minutes ago, a military plane landed here carrying the bodies of those 25 conscript soldiers that were killed, police so
, ayman. let me bring in new york congressman elliott engel. he's called on the obama administration to move quickly against the assad regime. congressman, let me start with you. a spokesperson for speaker boehner says they've not heard -- members of congress have not heard from the president, and they would need to if military action were to be taken. your response to that? >> well, i'm sure the president, once a decision's made, would certainly inform congress and consult with congress. i certainly have been letting the administration know what i feel, and i'm sure speaker boehner, if he chose, could do the same. of course there will be consultations with congress. >> right now, as you've heard in the reports, the u.n. interviewing witnesses, also taking samples. for many people here at home trying to process this, we know ts are supposed to be crossed, is dotted, but when you see this video here, you have those who ask the question, how is it possible we are still calling this an alleged chemical attack when you see hundreds of people, and when we know the assad regime has done th
obama says he has not yet decided to launch a military attack. >> we have not yet made a decision but the international law against the use of chemical weapons needs to be kept in place and nobody disputes or hardly anybody disputes that chemical weapons were used on a large scale in syria. >> complicating matters more from the white house, reports russia is sending two warships to the mediterranean fueling tensionness that region. great britain's america's biggest potential ally in any action against syria is now walking back its support for strikes delaying key votes until next week. in a contentious debate, prime minister david cameron warned the consequences of inaction. >> i think we can be as certain as possible that when we have a regime that has used chemical weapons on 14 occasions, that is most likely responsible for this large scale attack, that if nothing is done it will conclude it can use these weapons again and again on a larger scale and with impunity. >> meanwhile, they're asking that u.n. inspectors be given more time to carry out their work. u.n. officials have
as well. >>> moving on, president obama george w. bush is recovering in a dallas hospital after a health scare. the former president had a stint surgically placed this morning to clear a blocked artery in his heart. the blockage was discovered yesterday during the 67-year-old's annual physical. a statement released by his office says, president bush is in high spirit, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on thursday. joining me now, nbc news chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman. nancy, this sounds like good news from the president's office. you know, when we see him as a physical guy, always out, always jogging, you know, 67-year-old, but by all appearances over the years in great health, how does something like this happen? >> well, it happens, tamron, because we always pay the piper for how we've lived our lives formerly. something was found on his routine physical, whether it was an ekg change or whether he had some pain or discomfort in his jaw or his chest. something made the doctors realize he had a blockage of one of his arteries and they wanted to put
cocaine in terms of the sentencing on that. so there were hints all along from the obama administration and attorney general eric holder they were going to make some changes. i think it will play very well because it really is, when you strip everything away, it's an issue as the attorney general said, an issue of fairness. i think this, certainly, many people are mindful of. >> so you say there have been hinting placed all along from the administration or from the a.g. should people not be scratching their head with the question of why is the attorney general doing this now? >> no, no. because going back three years, essentially when they gave a mandate to congress, the obama administration and attorney general holder, let's change the laws, let's modify the laws. they've also talked about marijuana, how we deal with those and enforce those laws. and also other drugs too. i think the overriding concern on the part of the attorney general and of course president obama is this. you have so many african-americans, especially young african-american males, so many young hispanic males that
've long believed that in the 2020 campaign where it was romney against obama that this came back to haunt the gop because this became associated with the gop brand and the people who are not participasan extremes in the middle who said, this smells bad. it's not right. beat them fair and square at the election box, not by manipulating the polls. >> well, it was almost a dare. i dare you to try to take away my voeting rights. okay. i'm going to have to meet these burdens, which are ridiculous. it was almost a dare. so people did show up. we saw record numbers of people turning out. that was the whole reason why the supreme court felt and ruled the way it did, that the voting rights act was unnecessary for the oversight that pete was telling us about. then here we are. hardly the ink is dry on that ruling and here we see states reflexively pulling these muscular and discriminatory voting rights acts, tactics, that is. >> it's important to note that the north carolina legislature was still in session when the shelby county case was decided by the supreme court. this law, this proposed law ha
is denying reports that the obama administration has suspended aid to egypt. rather, white house spokesperson josh earnest insisted in the past hour that a review ordered by the president last month is still in progress. >> published reports to the country that suggest that assistance to egypt has been cut off are not accurate. >> so the white house spokesperson did say president obama will meet today with his national security team to discuss egypt and aid issues as part of a regular series of meetings. meantime in egypt, the supreme leader of the muslim brotherhood has been arrested as part of a crackdown on protests against the ouster of the president and muslim brotherhood member mohamed morsi. a court hearing is now scheduled for tomorrow on whether hosni mubarak will be released from prison. nbc's ayman mohyeldin in cairo for us. a lot to get to. seems to be a significant change here. >> reporter: it was. the arrest was certainly not a surprise, given the fact he was wanted by authorities here for the past several weeks. he is accused of inciting violence, particularly inciting his prot
of these embassy closures and the threat followed the meeting between president obama and the president of yemen. is there anything said there that contributed to this decision? >> we read out that meeting. i don't have anymore for detail for you from that meeting. it's certainly the case we cooperate on counterterrorism with yemen and have for some time. but this specific information reflects what we've gathered, broadly speaking. and that's what we're reacting to. the meeting between them, you know, centered on a variety of topics, including our counterterrorism cooperation. yes, jeff? >> jay, should americans in the u.s., to follow up on what julie asked, be afraid? >> jeff, what i can tell you is that we face an ongoing threat from al qaeda and its affiliates. there are individuals and organizations out there that are focused on doing the united states and the american people harm as well as doing harm to our people. now, the statement that we put out has made clear that our current information suggests that al qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the
manning's sudden revelation he wants to live as a woman. >>> on the road again. president obama kicks off a two-day bus tour on college debt. >>> i'm tamron hall. we'll get to all of that in a minute. first, we're following another developing story. the justice department is saying now it will go ahead with its efforts to block texas' new voter i.d. law. it was implemented after the supreme court back in june struck down a key provision of the 1965 voting rights act. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams joins us live. it's making headlines. >> it escalates the battle. the center piece is the supreme court's decision striking down the heart of the voting rights act. before the court ruled texas had to get preclearance for any changes on the election law and the federal court said no both to texas changing its voter i.d. law and redrawing its district lines for congressional and legislative districts. after that the justice department is pursuing new courts. we can't stop you under the old voting rights act but we'll use a new section to claim this voter i.d. law is unconstitutional
to enter russia. meanwhile wikileaks issued a statement over the past eight weeks we have seen the obama administration show no respect for international or domestic law but in the end the law is winning. in the past hour white house press secretary jay carney said, quote, we are evaluating the utility of a planned summit in russia. >> we are extremely disappointed that the russian government would take this step despite our very clear and lawful requests in public and in private to have mr. snowden expelled to the united states to face the charges against him. mr. snowden is not a whistle-blower, he is accused of leaking classified information and has been charged with three felony counts and he should be returned to the united states as soon as possible where he will be accorded full due process and protections. >>> earlier republican senator lindsey graham said, quote, americans in washington -- we're going to take you now to cleveland, ohio, where we're hearing an update now following the sentencing of ariel castro. >> you heard from them and their representatives. we will always be
. >> yeah, absolutely. that is what it is at this point. it does put the obama administration in a very uncomfortable position. i think this administration does not want to cut off the substantial military aid we send to egypt. the white house sees it as a way to maintain ties with the generals who obviously are the real power in the country right now. they want to keep those ties. they want to keep their influence. our influence has certainly dwindled in egypt. it still exists, but it's gettiget ing harder and harder or less and less tenable for the spokesperson to say we condemn the violence. but what are you going to do about it? at what point does the administration put its foot down? it's going to be hard for them to look the other way. when bahrain kracracked down on their protests in 2011, we more or less did look the other way with the help of the saudis. it's not unprecedented for this administration in the name of stability and strategic interest to look the other way at a violent crackdown. >> so when we think about this, james, about seeds of democracy, they need to be nurtu
, president obama does something no sitting president has ever done. the reaction is mixed. we'll tell you what we think about it. >> jfk's final days on earth. we uncover the good, the bad and some of the downright ugly. >>> we'll get to some of that plus the file straight out of hollywood. people are deciding the fate of whitey bulger and they're about to finish the job. that, my friends, was a mafia reference. >>> the untouch abls in minutes, hours, perhaps even days reputed boston mobster whitey bulger will learn if he is, in fact, untouchable. a jury is deliberating in a racket tearing trial against him. a judge reminded them they need to reach a unanimous verdict. a conviction could result in life behind bars. only has this trial lasted two months already but bulger was untouchable for almost 17 years after he fled boston in the mid '90s, it wasn't until 2011 and all the way in southern california when he was finally captured. now we wait for a new chapter to close in this mafia tale. where the truth is often stranger than fiction. we have
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